All you need to know about Yamaha Super Tenere 2012
The Super Tenere is a street bike designed to fuse the touring and off-road worlds, giving motorcyclists a machine that can go virtually anywhere and do anything.
Powering this do-it-all machine is a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 1199cc Parallel Twin, a configuration Yamaha chose specifically due to its compact size. Each piston slides within a cylinder that has a bore and stroke measuring 98.0 x 79.5mm and compresses fuel to a ratio of 12.0:1. The engine’s firing order has been set so both of the cylinders fire closely together so the powerband mimics that of a large single-cylinder engine, which they claim enhances power delivery to the ground. A two-axis primary counter-balancer mitigates unwanted engine vibration.
The engine wears an eight-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts operating the valvetrain. Similar to its sportbike line, the Tenere employs Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) ride-by-wire system as well as the D-Mode, a toggle on the handlebar which allows riders to switch between two engine maps based on road conditions or riding preference. More technology comes in the form of a three-way adjustable traction control system. Engine power is transferred through a manual cable-actuated clutch; 6-speed transmission and shaft final drive, which was chosen for its all-around durability and relatively-low maintenance.
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The main frame is comprised of a steel backbone that uses the engine as stressed-member of the chassis for better handling. Making up the rest of the chassis is an aluminum swingarm and subframe, 43mm inverted fork and hydraulic shock absorber. Both ends provide 7.5-inches of suspension travel and offer adjustability in the form of compression and rebound for the fork and spring preload (hand adjustable, without tools) and rebound on the shock. An aluminum skid plate is also fitted to protect the bottom of the motorcycle from hard impacts.
In terms of ergonomics, the Super Tenere employs a standard-style handlebar and the seat can be set in two different positions; a low height of 33.26 inches or the standard height of 34.25 inches. It also comes with a windshield and plastic hand guards. A relatively large 6-gallon fuel tank complements the set-up and will no doubt make for amble range between fill-ups.
It rolls on a set of spoked wheels fitted with tubeless Bridgestone Battle Wing tires. Front and rear hydraulically-operated disc brakes incorporate both ABS and a linked brake feature in which the rear brake is activated automatically when the front brake is engaged. However, when the rear brake is manually actuated it can be controlled independently of the front.
Like the rest of Yamaha’s line-up, a variety of accessories are available, including a full set of hard luggage options that have been fully integrated into the design of the bike.
About Yamaha Super Tenere 2012
Engine: 1199cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin, 8-valve
Bore x Stroke: 98.0 x 79.5mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation
Final Drive: Shaft
Front Suspension: Soqi 43mm inverted fork with adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping; 7.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Soqi shock absorber with remote adjustable spring preload and rebound damping; 7.5 in. travel
Front Brakes: 310mm disc, 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 282mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front Tire: Bridgestone 110/80-19
Rear Tire: Bridgestone 150/70-17
Curb Weight: 575 lbs.
Wheelbase: 60.6 in. Length: 88.6 in. Width: 38.6 in.
Rake / Trail: 28 deg. / 4.9 in.
Seat Height: 33.26 or 34.25 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gal.
Colors: Raven; Blue